Police vow to solve shootings of 19 in New Orleans

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Associated Press

Posted on May 13, 2013 at 7:07 AM

Updated Monday, May 13 at 12:04 PM

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A medical student who witnessed the shooting that wounded 19 people during a Mother's Day parade in New Orleans says it was hard to tell whether the gunman was picking targets randomly or was trying to hit specific people.

Jarrat Pytell (JAHR'- rett pie-tell) said the gunman he saw pointed in a specific direction and didn't swing the gun wildly. Still, Pytell said, the man was shooting into a crowd, where multiple injuries were likely.

Pytell says he and others jumped into a roadside ditch when the shooting broke out. When it was over he helped tend to the wounded.

Police say more than one shooter may have been involved. They hope a $10,000 reward and images of a suspect posted on YouTube will lead to an arrest.

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